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China Camp State Park

N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
+1 415-456-0766
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Wonderful Park

I really like to spend time at China Camp, even if it is just to go for a 1 hour hike. There are... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Rafael, California
Picnic at China Camp

There is a toll for parking-- $5. Picnic tables available. Small historical museum. Boats anchor... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
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Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park includes over 1,500 acres of beaches, hiking trails and picnic grounds.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good35%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
+1 415-456-0766
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really like to spend time at China Camp, even if it is just to go for a 1 hour hike. There are beautiful views over the bay, it's a great place to spend time with the family and with friends. I recommend visiting the...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

There is a toll for parking-- $5. Picnic tables available. Small historical museum. Boats anchor in front of the beach....Long pier. Great for families; kids can play on the beach. The last of the Chinese setters passed away recently. He had a small restaurant on...More

1  Thank M6116KFjoanb
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Dogs on leashes ok-- beautiful water views, some sandy beach a sense of history, very safe, no garbage

1  Thank louette q
Reviewed 4 April 2017

If you are anywhere near San Rafael, plan to spend a few hours at China Camp. You will love the experience. Better yet, lend your support to preserve and restore this hugely important historic site. Google "Friends of China Camp" for more info!

1  Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We enjoyed this very easy trail overlooking the Bay marsh.There was plenty of room to park on the side of the road.The trail flat and well marked with educational signs.

1  Thank happyM756XP
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I have been riding at China Camp since I moved to San Francisco 20 years ago. It can be a 30-45 minute trip from the city but definitely worth the trip if you are craving Singletrack instead of fire roads. I would rank the trails...More

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is not the most exotic camping spot, but its close to 101 and and very easy to get to for anyone in southern/central marin. Sites are clean and its a fun spot for an easy car camp trip.

Thank marinstay
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The old shacks are interesting to walk through, and the views of the Bay are terrific. Volunteers keep this park open, and conduct wetlands research as well. Small beaches, parking can get crowded.

Thank minimuffinlover
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

China Camp State Park has a lot to offer in the way of beautiful views and activities including hiking, road and mountain biking, fishing, camping, kayaking and picnicking. Situated between Santa Venetia and Peacock Gap in easternmost San Rafael on San Pablo Bay, China Camp...More

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We live near there, but still go there occasionally because it is so nice. Easy to get to and not expensive.

Thank Charles H
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Hi, I would like information about reserving a site for April 22. Thanks!
3 April 2017|
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Response from Judith S | Reviewed this property |
From the state park website... At Back Ranch Meadows Campground reservations can be made all year-round by calling Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275). All campsites at Back Ranch Meadows campground are HIKE-IN SITES... More
Does anyone have any input on their experience camping at China Camp? Are bees always a problem? What about the bathrooms and showers; are they clean?
8 July 2016|
Response from timo2btimo | Reviewed this property |
We traveled in early November, and didn't see any bees. The bathrooms were not clean, with little bits of dried toilet paper on the floor. They didn't pay the propane bill, (according to management) so there was no hot... More